Longbranch Recovery Blog

Alternative pain reliever or dangerous addictive drug?

There is a false narrative about kratom suggesting that it is a legitimate alternative to opioid pain relievers which are addictive. In practice, however, most people who consume kratom use it with other opioid medications. Kratom is addicting, although it’s…

The main advantages of residential rehabilitation

While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to sobering up, certain things can give you a better chance of success. Some people can sober up even without the help of addiction specialists. While this may be a good path for some people,…

Talk to young people about marijuana

Recent studies suggest that marijuana use in the teenage years acts as a predictor of drug addiction. It’s not that marijuana is consumed causes Youngsters using other drugs. Rather, researchers have shown that adolescents who use marijuana are more likely…

Is Fentanyl Addiction America’s Number One Drug Problem?

Fentanyl, the highly potent and addictive synthetic opioid pain reliever, has been making headlines and American heads for several years. The drug is said to be 10 times stronger than heroin and 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. With…

8 myths about alcohol

One of the big problems with alcohol is that it is often viewed as a safe, socially acceptable substance. There is a world full of misunderstandings about alcohol. This could be one reason why more people die from alcohol-related causes…

When it comes to addiction, the words we say matter

There is one subject around addiction that many people don’t think about, the words we use to describe addicts. Druggie, junkie, drunk, and Wine-O are all hurtful words sometimes used to describe people struggling with addiction. Many people don’t think…

How alcohol consumption is slowly killing you

From liver disease to heart problems, cancer to obesity, alcohol consumption leads to a variety of health problems over time that can be fatal. Contrary to what most people understand or believe, addiction and abuse are Not the only risk…

Living With a Recovering Addict – Dos and Don’ts

A family member or someone close to your heart has almost completed their substance abuse treatment and will soon be home. How should you act? What should you talk about? What are the dos and don’ts? Granted, it can feel…

Is there a link between drinking less and reducing pain?

While the US opiate problem is often making headlines in addiction reporting, the US alcohol problem is also a growing public health crisis. Excessive drinking causes a variety of health problems. It follows that reducing alcohol consumption would lead to…

How addiction treatment can create hope

When people have hope, they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as gambling, alcohol use, and drug experimentation. Conversely, people who have no hope feel like they have nothing to lose. When hopelessness sets in, people are…

Still a drug of abuse, still readily available, still dangerous

Photo by EvgeniyShkolenko / iStockPhoto.com Parents, lawmakers, and law enforcement agencies go to great or extreme lengths to keep hazardous materials out of the hands of children. Laws are passed, drug dealers are arrested, schools give lectures on drug prevention,…

Train through recovery

The list of potential benefits to be gained from exercising is long. There are psychological benefits, behavioral benefits, and physical benefits of exercise. For those recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, the benefits of exercise will help these individuals lead…

Ten Ways to Help a Loved One Make a Recovery From Addiction

When it comes to recovering from addiction, one of the most important things a person can do is surround themselves with supportive people. If you have a loved one who is currently under treatment or who has recently completed treatment,…

New study shows lockdowns related to binge drinking

A recent study predicted how much binge drinking increases for each additional week people have been locked down. The data suggested that while lockdown can be beneficial for public health outcomes, it also poses behavioral health risks. Public health locks…

My darling has an overdose … now what ?!

Overdose, it’s a scary word that nobody likes to consider passing to someone they love. For millions of people living with addiction themselves or loving someone with an addiction, this is a constant and legitimate fear, especially with so many…